- From: "Patient Zero 2.0" <noonan24_7@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2005 23:24:37 GMT
Friday, Sep 09
CNN Sues To Cover Katrina Aftermath
If you needed any more evidence that the failed response to Hurricane
Katrina has lit a fire under CNN, look no further than this evening's memo
September 9, 2005
To: CNN Staff
From: Jim Walton
In response to official statements earlier today that news media would be
excluded from covering the victim recovery process in New Orleans and
surrounding areas on the suggestion that what is reported may offend
viewers' or victims' sensibilities, CNN has filed a lawsuit in federal court
to prohibit any agency from restricting its ability to fully and fairly
cover this story.
As seen most recently from war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq, from
tsunami-ravaged South Asia and from Hurricane Katrina's landfall along the
Gulf, CNN has shown that it is capable of balancing vigorous reporting with
respect for private concerns. Government officials cannot be allowed to
hinder the free flow of information to the public, and CNN will not let such
a decision stand without challenge.
> Lawsuit reaction.
> CNN wins temporary restraining order.
Posted by Garrett | 06:30 PM | Television
Woman charged with shooting over a dog bite
Northampton resident shot neighbor, took a hostage, police say.
By Bill Tattersall
Of The Morning Call
A Northampton woman, upset over being bitten by a neighbor's dog in May,
shot the daughter of the dog's owner and then took another neighbor hostage
Thursday afternoon, police said.
Brenda Smith, 54, of 2391 Dewey Ave., was charged with attempted homicide,
aggravated assault, burglary, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and
unlawful restraint. She was arraigned before District Judge Ralph
Litzenberger of Palmer Township and sent to Northampton County Prison under
Northampton Police Chief Laird Brownmiller said Smith shot Jennifer Strohl,
20, of 2399 Dewey Ave., on Thursday after confronting Strohl about the
alleged poisoning of Smith's dog.
Strohl is in the hospital with internal injuries but is in stable condition,
according to her mother, Candi Lynn, who declined to give more details.
She said Smith wore a long blond wig and ''goofy clothes'' during the
incident Thursday and used a rented car to drive around the corner to Lynn's
''We all knew she was upset about the bite and she was bugging all the
neighbors about my dogs, but I never thought she would end up doing this,
that she was dangerous,'' Lynn said.
Brownmiller said Smith complained to officials several times this summer
about the dog biting her.
According to the arrest affidavit, Smith told police that she never meant to
shoot Strohl: ''I meant to shoot the dog, not the lady, but at least now
I'll be able to get some sleep tonight.''
In May, Lynn's dogs got out of the backyard and were chasing a cat, Lynn
said. Her German shepherd went around the front of the house and bit Smith
on the upper thigh, breaking the skin.
Smith needed three stitches, but originally said she was fine, Lynn said.
She told Smith her insurance would cover medical bills, but shortly after
the incident Lynn said Smith started getting angry about the bite.
Several weeks ago, Lynn said Smith accused her family of trying to poison
Smith's dog, Peewee, with antifreeze. Police said they found no evidence
that the dog was poisoned.
The affidavit of probable cause said Smith drove one of her cars to the
airport and rented a car, and left her other car at a supermarket parking
lot in the borough.
According to the affidavit, on Thursday Strohl heard a noise on the deck
about 3 p.m. and went out to see if the dogs were doing something. As she
opened the door, Smith was standing there with a .25-caliber pistol.
Brownmiller said Strohl asked Smith what she was doing there and then tried
to grab the gun. They struggled and Strohl said she felt a stinging in her
chest and ran in the house and locked the back door, then ran to her room
and locked that door.
Smith kicked in the back door and went to the bottom of the stairs,
according to the affidavit.
Lynn said her son, Kevin Strohl, came to the steps after hearing someone run
upstairs and saw Smith pointing the pistol up the stairs, but then she fled.
Police said Smith went to the house of Dottie Mae Jacobs at 212 E. 24th St.
Jacobs told police that she was in her house when she heard dogs barking,
and Smith came in her house, locked the door and pulled down the shades and
propped a shotgun against a chair.
According to the affidavit, Smith told Jacobs,''Get away. I'm going to blast
them when they come in.''
Smith told Jacobs that she was upset with Jacobs for not testifying at a
court hearing about the May dog bite, according to the affidavit.
''I have a tape recorder, you are going to tell me the truth now,'' Smith
told Jacobs, according to the affidavit.
After she was bitten in May, Smith filed a vicious dog complaint against
Lynn and wanted the shepherd put down. The complaint was dismissed and Lynn
was charged with two counts of failure to confine her dog.
Police arrived at the scene shortly after Smith took Jacobs hostage, and
Brownmiller was able to get Smith to come out without incident.
At Jacobs' house, police found a blond wig, a bag containing dog biscuits,
pliers, a microcassette tape, a key fob, photos of a bite wound,
prescription pills and ammunition for the pistol and shotgun.
Reporter Joe McDonald contributed to this story.
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